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Volunteering at the Ames Public Library

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Ames Public Library has a variety of volunteer positions available for adults, teenagers, and families who are interested in making a positive impact on the Ames community and its quality of life. Here is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities available. If you have a particular interest or skill area not listed here, please talk to the Volunteer Services Coordinator about other opportunities.


Project Smyles is APL’s outreach program to area daycares/preschools focusing on early literacy skills. We serve all the daycares/preschools in the Ames community by providing them with “deposit collections” (small temporary libraries, approx. 50 books each) that remain at each center for a month. Volunteers will assist Youth Services staff by selecting materials based off of pre-planned, early literacy guidelines.  Each volunteer’s level of involvement is flexible as is scheduling.


Volunteers are needed on a monthly basis to deliver supplies of books to area daycares/preschools.  Volunteers are required to have a valid driver’s license and good driving record. Volunteers will need to be able to lift canvas bags of books.


We are looking for volunteers who wish to make a positive impact on local adults’ lives by tutoring them 1-2 hours per week. Volunteer tutors must commit to at least one year of tutoring and 6 hours of free, annual professional development in the field. Tutors must be able to work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds, recognize and adapt to the needs of students, learn independently, and abide by the program’s guidelines of professional conduct at all times. Teaching/tutoring experience is not necessary but would be helpful. Our next orientation for volunteers, which contributes to professional development requirement, will be at the beginning of November.


Come join a wonderful team of volunteers who help our used book store, Literary Grounds, raise funds to support library programming, materials, and services.  This fun position requires at least one two hour shift per week; shifts needing to be filled currently are Mondays 3:00-5:00; Wednesdays 3:00-5:00; Thursdays 3:00-5:00; Fridays 11:00-1:00, 1:00-3:00 and 3:00-5:00; Saturdays 9:00-1:00 and 2:00-4:00.  Duties include simple cashiering, coffee preparation, and closing procedures.  Applicants for this position must have good customer service skills, accurate money counting skills, and can commit long term. 


Work with staff on selecting material at the main library to resupply our branch library, the Bookmobile!  Volunteers will work directly with staff on guidelines for selection.  Assistance is needed Monday mornings at approximately 10:30.


If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator, Sarah Bohlke at or 239-5663.


There are other areas of volunteer needs not listed here including special projects and events, so please ask about opportunities that may be of more interest to you. 

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For more information, call (515) 239-5663 or e-mail